Breast in Show is written by Lisa Hayes with music and lyrics by Joan Cushing. Eileen Mitchard is the executive producer.
Breast in Show: Writer
Lisa Hayes, is an accomplished playwright and actress. She has toured her one-woman show of Jane Eyre nationally and internationally. After debuting her play Nurse! (based on interviews she did with nurses in New York) off-Broadway in 2003, she has performed the play throughout the U.S., as well as in Rome and Krakow. Lisa’s other plays include Bedside Manners, From the Mountains of Mourne to the Mines of Montana, The Sad Sacks are Back, and The Trailer Park Diaries.
She recently received her PhD in American Studies from the University at Buffalo and is seeking publication for her dissertation on theatricalizing oral histories. Lisa’s day job is Director of Education and Public Programs at the Accokeek Foundation, where she has the opportunity to write and produce museum theater plays on colonial history for the National Colonial Farm. Lisa is a member of the Dramatists Guild, Actors Equity Association, Screen Actors Guild, the International Museum Theatre Alliance, the International Oral History Association, and The Players.
Breast in Show: Music & Lyrics
Joan Cushing is best known for her political satirical revue Mrs. Foggybottom & Friends, which ran for 10 hit years at the Omni-Shoreham Hotel in Washington, D.C. In New York, she performed her solo nightclub act Lady Sings the News! at the Ballroom, appeared in Gary Trudeau’s Tanner for President series on HBO, directed by Robert Altman, and studied musical theatre writing at the BMI Musical Theatre Workshop.
More recently, she has adapted 13 popular children’s books as musicals, including Miss Nelson is Missing, Junie B. Jones, Petite Rouge (NY Musical Theatre Festival), George & Martha (commissioned by Imaginaton Stage); Brave Irene (Adventure Theatre), and Diary of a Worm, a Spider & a Fly (Oregon Children’s Theatre). According to TYA Magazine, she is “the most produced playwright in children’s theatre.” Adult works include Tussaud, based on Madame Tussaud’s bloody pursuit of art; The Christmas Doll (2007 Nat’l Youth Theatre Award for Outstanding New Play/Musical) and Lizzie Bright & the Buckminster Boy (Playwrights Theatre of NJ). Several new commissions are in the works. Ms. Cushing, who lives in DC, dedicates Breast In Show to the memory of her husband, Paul Buchbinder, who died of cancer. She is represented by the Susan Gurman Agency. See www.joancushing.com. Read The Beacon’s feature on Joan Cushing and Breast In Show here.
Executive Producer of Breast in Show
Eileen Mitchard began her theatrical journey when she was accepted to the Ruth M. Knight Summer Theatre Workshop for two years. She earned a degree in Speech and Drama from The Catholic University of America where she studied with the legendary Father Gilbert Hartke. While in college Eileen performed in several shows with the Chappaqua Summer Theatre. She also has a Masters degree from New York University.
For more than 30 years Eileen has been involved in theatre – as an actress, producer, teacher and director. She is a founding member of the Innerloopers a political satire musical theatre group. She is especially known for her work with large diverse groups of amateur performers of all ages in an annual Spring Show in the Metropolitan DC area. Eileen was recently elected to the National Society of Arts and Letters.